This week I share about how we can find peace in the midst of chaos. We all experience chaos. What kind of “chaos” is in your life right now? Busy schedules? Lots of work? Difficult relationships? Financial challenges? Health issues?
I share a bit about how my prayer life has changed over the years and some ways in which I try to “LET GO” of control in my life, as hard as that sometimes is. What kinds of things help you trust in God? How do you find peace, even when all around you seems out of control?
This week I share a great conversation I had with Rose Sweet, a speaker, author, and religious advisor. She shares about the joys and challenges of being a faithful woman in the modern world and about some of the ways in which she ministers to the divorced and re-married inside of the Church.
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As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!
This week I am sharing a bit about my early start as a writer and then I read an excerpt from my VERY FIRST book, My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom. I invite you to share about what is “your cup of tea.” What kinds of sacrifices do you find challenging as a wife or mom, and how to do you put them into perspective?
This week I share a great and funny conversation I had with Anna Mitchell from the Son Rise Morning Show. Usually, Anna is the one interviewing ME on Tuesday mornings on her show, but this time we turned the microphones around and she shared some of her personal and professional triumphs and goals. Very fun and inspiring too!
This week we are talking about ways to find forgiveness and let go of grudges that ultimately only hurt ourselves. How can we understand people who hurt us? What can help us to forgive when we are filled with anger and resentment?
One thought I share is a reminder I often need to give myself when angry over someone who has hurt me or someone I love:
The temptation is to allow bad people to make you a bad person too. But the way of lasting peace and satisfaction will always be to do the harder thing — to hold on and to defend the goodness of your own heart with ferocity.
I also encourage use of the sacrament of Confession for those who are suffering old wounds and having trouble fining forgiveness for others in their hearts.
This holiday week I report from behind the scenes while spending a week in Boston taping The Gist on CatholicTV. I share interviews with my co-host Rachel Balducci, our studio manager Charles Green, and our producer Kate Andrews. We always have a ton of fun putting this show together in one wild week, and I am thrilled to have a chance to share some of the history and funny moments from its beginnings.
I also share some more inspiring music from The Vigil Project that Andrea Thomas shared with us a few shows back. This time, it’s the beautiful song, Praise to You by John Finch.
As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!
This week we are talking about ways to slow down and savor the glorious season of summer. I offer the following ideas:
1. Be present.
Make a conscious effort to be fully present in the moments you share together with family and loved ones. Put aside technology and other distractions and give yourself permission to focus on just the one experience. Enjoy it!
2. Make a list.
You can do this by yourself or invite your family’s input. Write up a list of things you want to do this summer. On days where you are free or bored, consult the list and do something fun!
3. Eat fresh foods.
Whether you grow the foods yourself or visit a farmers’ market, summer is a great time to experiment with delicious new foods and ways to prepare them. Try a new food or try a new recipe for salads or grilling. Yum!
4. Do something new.
Summer is a great time to challenge yourself physically, especially with something that will take you outdoors. Try a zip line or a bike race or hike a trail, alone or wth friends. Get out there and challenge yourself!
Take advantage of your local library and indulge in a chick-lit novel or something else you might enjoy on the beach or in the hammock. Set a good reading example and show your kids what a pleasant lifelong activity reading can be — especially in the summertime.
6. Invite friends over.
No excuses! Summer is a great time for casual entertaining, in the yard and by the BBQ. Invite friends to hang out around a fire pit or for drinks on the porch. Forget entertainment perfection and practice the kind of hospitality we are all called to. No time like the summer!
This week I share an inspiring conversation I had with Lisa Mladinich. Lisa shares some of the ways that God has touched her heart and taught her important lessons through her students and through connecting with other women. We talk about life’s triumphant moments and also mistakes and what we can learn from them.
This week we are talking about how to find more time in your days for the things you want to accomplish but never seem to get around to. Summer offers a unique opportunity to get new things accomplished as we change routines and enjoy some leisure time. What are your goals for this summer? Here are my tips to help you:
1. Plan ahead.
Make a schedule to see where you have time in your day for different tasks and what opportunities there are for accomplishing new projects. Writing it down helps you see your responsibilities and prioritize.
2. Turn off the TV
Or Facebook,or whatever is distracting you and wasting your time. When you remove distractions and time-wasters from your day, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
3. Set a timer.
Big projects can be broken up into smaller ones. Large commitments can be accomplished just 20 minutes at a time. I find that setting a timer keeps me focused on a single task and keeps me from feeling overwhelmed by larger projects.
4. Sacrifice sleep.
This can be a temporary help to finishing an important project. Either getting up earlier or staying up later than you normally do can be a simple way to “find” more time in your day. Of course, I do not recommend sacrificing sleep over the long term, but as long as you do manage to get enough rest, working when everyone else is asleep can be a great way to focus.
5. Enlist help.
Do you have access to childcare or house cleaning help? What creative ways could you get the help you need to focus on an important project. the bonus is, when you have time devoted in this way, you will be more inclined to focus on the task at hand. Babysitter is only available for 2 hours? Get moving!
This week I share a great conversation I had with writer/mom/podcaster/event planner Heather Renshaw. Heather shares about learning from marriage and motherhood, her love of sociology, her wild taste in music, and more. You won’t want to miss all that this beautiful mom has to share.
“I don’t know why this book ended up in your hands, but God does. He knows the ways he wants to change your life and the plans he has for your happiness in this life and the next. He has big dreams for you.
So much about our world today is empty and cold. If some of that emptiness and coldness has seeped into your heart, I pray this book will warm you, just a bit, to the idea that you were made for something better, something bigger, and something new. You were made for an intimate relationship with a God who knows you and loves you inside and out.”
If you or someone you know of could benefit from learning about Jesus’ unchanging and unconditional love for them in a deeply personal way, consider ordering a copy of You’re Worth It! today.
First, I update you on goings-on around here, from my birthday last week to my son’s high school graduation. Here is the speech he gave at the graduation ceremony that made me so proud and grateful:
Now this week we are talking about how NOT to eat a cupcake (or whatever your temptation is you are trying avoid). I share these ideas:
1. Eat Protein I love eggs! They start my mornings off with high protein satisfaction. When you eat protein, you feel satisfied for longer and you are less likely to experience sugar highs and lows, crashes, and cravings. It doesn’t have to be eggs, though. Find some healthy sources of protein you enjoy and make them a part of your everyday meals.
2. Plan ahead. Plan ahead to not have the cupcake in your house in the first place. Or plan ahead to have satisfying snacks with you when you are out so that you don;t wind up STARVING and ready to eat anything in the world. Shop wisely and stock your fridge and pantry with good choices.
3. Find New Rewards
Change how you think about food as a reward. Think about other things you enjoy that you could use to replace a “cupcake” as a reward for a surviving a stressful day or doing something difficult. Maybe you would like to get your nails done or take a long bubble bath. Make a conscious decision to change what you think about as a “treat” and you will find it easier to NOT eat the cupcake.
Hit the pause button in your brain. When you feel a craving, just PAUSE. You don;t have to say no, you just need to wait and re-visit the idea a little while later. Often, you will find yourself distracted after a few minutes and will forget about the cupcake you never really needed in the first place.
5. Just Eat the Cupcake.
It’s just a cupcake. Don’t give it the power to make or break your day and self esteem. Everything in moderation and balance! Sometimes it’s ok and appropriate to say yes to a cupcake, as long as your life and eating habits are otherwise in balance. It’s not about one cupcake.
This week I share an inspiring conversation I had with recording artist Andrea Thomas. Andrea shares what it’s like to work in the world of Catholic music and ministry, and some of the joys and trials she has experienced along the way.